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Strategos Group announces DC expansion, new partner

Strategos Group is expanding its footprint into the nation’s capital.

Strategos Group is expanding its footprint into the nation’s capital.

The consulting firm announced Tuesday that it was adding a Washington, D.C. office and that it’s added on policy expert Doug Mesecar as a partner to head-up the new operation.

Mesecar has served in senior operational and policy roles at the U.S. Department of Education, in Congress, and at leading education companies.

At the U.S. Department of Education, Mesecar served in a number of senior roles: Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Office of Innovation and Improvement, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development, and Deputy Chief of Staff of the Department.

In Congress, he was a senior professional staff member on the House Education and Workforce Committee, where he negotiated final legislative language for significant portions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (NCLB), including Title I, accountability, flexibility, teacher quality, charter and parental option provisions.

He also led the reauthorization of the Office of Educational Research and Improvement, now known as the Institute for Educational Sciences, which was signed into law November 2002.

After leaving the public sector, Mesecar founded boutique consultancy AdeptioEducation, which focuses on strategic advising, public-private partnerships, government relations and business development.

“Expanding into the Washington D.C. market as our fifth geography is the latest achievement in our strategic objectives to amplify our client delivery capabilities,” said Adam Giery, managing partner of Strategos.

“Doug Mesecar aligns with our culture of leveraging content expertise, political and policy insights, with high-value relationships to impact business results. We are honored to have him as a member of the Strategos family.”

Strategos Group represents many top education industry companies. In Florida, they handle the lobbying needs of Curriculum Associates, Educational Testing Service, Teachers of Tomorrow and others.

Those clients led the firm to an estimated $425,000 in earnings in the second quarter of 2019.

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Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for Florida Politics. He is a former editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and business correspondent at The Hollywood Reporter. Wilson, a University of Florida alumnus, covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools and The Florida Current prior to joining Florida Politics.

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